Table 2. Central American Immigrants by Country of Origin, 1960 to 2009
  Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Panama
  Number (1,000s) Share* Number (1,000s) Share* Number (1,000s) Share* Number (1,000s) Share* Number (1,000s) Share* Number (1,000s) Share* Number (1,000s) Share*
1960 2.8 5.7 5.4 11.1 6.3 12.9 5.4 11.0 6.5 13.3 9.5 19.4 13.1 26.7
1970 8.9 7.8 16.7 14.7 15.7 13.8 17.4 15.2 19.1 16.8 16.1 14.2 20.0 17.6
1980 14.4 4.2 29.6 8.6 94.4 27.3 63.1 18.2 39.2 11.3 44.2 12.8 60.7 17.6
1990 30.0 2.7 22.3 2.0 465.4 42.1 225.7 20.4 108.9 9.8 168.7 15.2 85.7 7.7
2000 42.1 2.1 71.9 3.6 817.3 40.5 480.7 23.8 282.9 14.0 220.3 10.9 105.2 5.2
2009 48.6 1.7 86.3 3.0 1,149.9 39.4 798.7 27.4 467.9 16.1 253.3 8.7 103.8 3.6
Notes: *Share of all Central American immigrants in year listed. Shares my not sum to 100 due to rounding and, in 2009, some immigrants listing only "Central America" as their country of birth.
Source: Data for 2000 from the 2000 Decennial Census; data for 2009 from the American Community Survey 2009. Data for earlier decades from Gibson, Campbell and Emily Lennon, US Census Bureau, Working Paper No. 29, Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 1850 to 1990, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1999. Available online.


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